Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends, What a day to celebrate! This is the 173rd week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

 **IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for June! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!

Let's Be Friends

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

Christine @  Lattes, Life & Luggage  | Lindsay @  The Flynnigans  | Charlotte @  Charlotte's Corner Cafe

Christine @ Lattes, Life & Luggage | Lindsay @ The Flynnigans | Charlotte @ Charlotte's Corner Cafe

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

...on to the Winner! 

 ***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

 Hi everyone! This it Chelsee this week. I do adore printable art for my walls. I find an interesting piece can generate all sorts of topics of conversation when I have friends and family over. I found Kayla's great post with adorable printable art that includes arrows, which I love. Make sure you head over and check out From Kayla

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends, What a day to celebrate! This is the 172nd week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! **IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for June! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!

Let's Be Friends

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

Meet this week's co-hosts:

Christine @  Lattes, Life & Luggage  | Lindsay @  The Flynningans

Christine @ Lattes, Life & Luggage | Lindsay @ The Flynningans

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner! 

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Blog Post: Strawberry Banana Bread: A Cornett Family Staple
Image Source: June to January 

 Hi everyone! This it Tiffany this week. I was very glad to come across the blog June to January last week and stumble upon this amazing recipe. This strawberry banana bread looks so very much up our alley. I enjoyed reading other posts by Shayla. Her blog is lovely, I love the content and her photography is amazing. I encourage you to go follow her blog! 

Go check out Shayla's blog, June to January.

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

It's time for the Let's Be Friends blog hop with Chelsee from Southern Beauty Guide and Tiffany from The Dwelling Tree!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends, What a day to celebrate! This is the 171st week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!

**IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for May! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!

Let's Be Friends

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

The Dwelling Tree: BlogBloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide:  Blog ,  Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: BlogBloglovin'

Meet this week's co-host:

Christine @  Lattes, Life Luggage

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!

...on to the Winner! ***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Blog Post: DIY FIXER UPPER MAGNOLIA WREATH
Image Source: Jolly & Happy

Hi everyone! This is Chelsee this week. I love watching fixer upper! When I saw this DIY magnolia wreath I knew I had to make it! I am so excited that Meghan & Lara wrote this fabulous post and linked it up! They have such an amazing blog and great style! Thanks for continuing to link up such great posts! 

 Go check out Meghan & Laura's blog, Jolly & Happy .

A Taste Of Summer At Current

Earlier this summer, I had a great evening with fellow Windy City Bloggers at The W Lakeshore Hotel's Current Restaurant. They recently introduced a new chef to the team and he really put together some incredible dishes. The restaurant features a seasonal menu with fresh ingredients and a modern take on Italian fare. Take a peek at the menu we had the pleasure of sampling.

FIRST
Baby Cucumber and Prosciutto Salad with Ricotta, Mint and White Balsamic
This salad was a really interesting combination of flavors. The White Balsamic was a new and unique touch and I loved the freshness from the baby cucumber and mint. The prosciutto added a salty flair that is always something I enjoy and the ricotta cheese balanced everything beautifully. This is definitely something I'd order when I go back again.

SECOND
Pan Roasted Sea Scallops with Ratatouille, Black Olive and Oven Dried Tomato Tapenade Rushing Waters Trout with Local Cauliflower, Potatoes and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The Pan Roasted Sea Scallops were cooked perfectly. Tender and not in any way chewy, they had a light flavor contrasted well with the ratatouille and tapenade. The balance of light and bold flavors here was incredible.

The Rushing Waters Trout was my first experience with this particular fish and it wasn't too bad. At first I was a little hesitant but after a few bites, I enjoyed it. The potatoes were delicious and probably my favorite part of this entire meal to be honest. I am a potato girl though. The trout was flaky and seasoned well but it definitely has that lingering lake element to it which is what made me a bit uneasy at first. Once you get past that it's really quite delicious.

SIDES
Charred Local Corn
Thyme-Roasted Baby Carrots

I take it back, the Charred Local Corn might have been my favorite part of this meal. I don't know what they did to simple corn but whatever it is, it rocked. I could go back and have a whole bowl of this stuff. The Thyme-Roasted Baby Carrots were also delicious. I loved the seasoning on everything. It wasn't too much so that it distracted away from the ingredients but just enough so it really enhanced the flavors. I loved the use of seasonal produce as well. Everything just tastes better in season.

LAST
Black Dog Sorbet with Prosecco
Belgian Waffle Sundae with Malted Vanilla Gelato and Carmelized Bananas

Dessert was fun because we got to watch what happens to ice cream when you pour prosecco over it. Spoiler alert: It melts really quick. The Black Dog Sorbet with Processo was tart, fruity and fresh.  It was a great contrast to the Belgian Waffle Sunday which was sweet and rich. Both were absolutely delicious but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be the sundae. It's just so out of the ordinary and decadent that you'd be crazy not to try it. 

We also were served bread with this amazing butter. It wasn't just regular butter but some kind of sweet honey butter. We were all asking to bring tubs of it home. Overall, it was a great night with amazing people and incredible food. If you have a chance to stop by Current, I would highly

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Content Ideas When You're Stuck In a Rut

Writer's block is the end-all-be-all for bloggers and it can strike at any time. It is difficult to come up with fresh content every week. It is easy to fall into a writing rut; especially when you're burnt out on all of the excitement that life has to offer.

Unfortunately, creativity is not a light switch that can be easily flipped on once it has turned off. If you're anything like me, creativity strikes at the most random and inopportune times; like when it's 2 AM and you're on the verge of falling asleep.

In turn, creativity is not always there when you need it to be, which can lead to the aforementioned rut. So, what's a blogger to do when they're all out of ideas but still need to provide to their readers? Luckily, there are many routes you can take in order to inspire your writing. Content Post

  • What’s going on?: This is a very important question for a writer to ask themselves when they are writing about relevance. Scroll through Yahoo! or the Huffington Post to see what is trending and what is happening in the world. Relevant content gets readers and you can either be informative on what is happening or you can give your personal opinion on it (i.e. “10 Reasons Why My Life Will Never Be the Same Since Blake & Miranda Split”).
  • What’s going on? Part II: Not only is what's trending in the news and pop culture relevant, readers are also interested in what is going on with you. If they weren’t, they would not be reading your blog. So, give the people what they want! Do you have a funny story about something that happened to you recently? Or something that you have learned as you get older? People love to read stories and advice because it reminds them that other people may be going through the same things in life as they are.
  • Go Seasonal: Every season there is opportunity for great content. Summer is a great time to write about local, outdoor events. Fall and winter are great for upcoming holidays. And spring is ideal for a revamp on yourself, whether it’s your wardrobe, career, or health. You could even design continuous post ideas that fit each season or month (i.e. “Top 10 Movies to Watch in October”).
  • Immerse Yourself in Your Environment: This sounds super cliché, but something as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood can do wonders in terms of inspiration. Or, you could stay inside and sift through old photos, yearbooks, magazines, etc. in order to see different creative ideas in order to get the juices flowing.
  • Look Around: It’s not cheating if you glance through other blogs to see what they have going on. I’m not saying copy what someone else is doing, but maybe they thought of something that will ring a bell for a different idea of yours.

All in all, the only way you can get out of a writing rut is if you want to. You have to be determined and disciplined to find that inspiration and harness it in order to create the content that your readers deserve.